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Ties to the Dead: Connections to Iraq War and 9/11 Casualties and Disapproval of the President

Ties to the Dead: Connections to Iraq War and 9/11 Casualties and Disapproval of the President Although played out on a global stage, 9/11 and the Iraq War represent highly personal events for those connected to the victims. A social tie to a conflict's casualty transforms abstract costs into a vivid personal experience that increases the likelihood an individual disapproves of the president. Despite variation between civilian and military losses and historically high and low levels of presidential support, those who know 9/11 or Iraq War casualties are consistently more likely to disapprove of President Bush, suggesting that social structure, and not just personal characteristics, influence wartime opinion. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Sociological Review SAGE

Ties to the Dead: Connections to Iraq War and 9/11 Casualties and Disapproval of the President

American Sociological Review , Volume 73 (4): 6 – Aug 1, 2008

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SAGE
Copyright
© 2008 American Sociological Association
ISSN
0003-1224
eISSN
1939-8271
DOI
10.1177/000312240807300408
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Abstract

Although played out on a global stage, 9/11 and the Iraq War represent highly personal events for those connected to the victims. A social tie to a conflict's casualty transforms abstract costs into a vivid personal experience that increases the likelihood an individual disapproves of the president. Despite variation between civilian and military losses and historically high and low levels of presidential support, those who know 9/11 or Iraq War casualties are consistently more likely to disapprove of President Bush, suggesting that social structure, and not just personal characteristics, influence wartime opinion.

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American Sociological ReviewSAGE

Published: Aug 1, 2008

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